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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence 2019

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Deadline:

Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Benchmark Theatre 3rd Annual Fever Dream Festival

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Benchmark Theatre is currently accepting submissions for the 3rd annual Fever Dream Festival taking place in Denver, Colorado in October 2019. A celebration of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all genres in between, the Festival is a staged reading series of innovative plays with chimerical themes.

Submission Guidelines

Benchmark will be accepting submissions of short plays, one acts and full-length plays from across the United States that are in the spirit of the Festivals' themes. Submissions may be new or previously produced work and there is no fee to submit.

  • Only one submission per playwright, please 
  • Submissions should be sent electronically using the link below
  • Please send a FULL copy of your script in PDF or Word format with no playwright identifying information on the script (i.e., a blind copy)
  • The script should include a logline or brief synopsis and a character breakdown
  • Please note that we will accept scripts previously submitted to the Festival provided the play has undergone significant development and/or changes.

This call for submissions will remain open until May 31, 2019 
OR until we receive 250 submissions, whichever comes first.

Please note, too, that plays must be submitted in PDF or Word, with NO identifying information, and include a synopsis or they will be disqualified. And, unfortunately, we are unable to consider musicals at this time.

COLORADO playwrights, please use the following link to submit your script: https://form.jotform.com/80594360584160

From their web site:

As of Tuesday, April 23, we have reached the submission cap for national and international submissions to our 2019 Fever Dream Festival. 

ALL OTHER national and international playwrights, please use this link for submission:
https://form.jotform.com/80278452148157



Any additional questions? Please email info@benchmarktheatre.com

Monday, May 20, 2019

Theatre Three 23rd Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2019.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for nine performances in April 2020 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to
THE 23rd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS,
Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director,
THEATRE THREE,
PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Final selection of plays will be in late 2019.

20th Anniversary Winneshiek Players Children's Theater seeks plays

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We are looking for adaptations of children's books in the public domain, for our children's theater stage.

We will select two plays from the submissions and each winner will receive $100 for the rights to perform on our stage.

THE RULES

  • Must be speaking parts for 17 - 20 children
  • Books MUST be from the Public Domain
  • Appropriate for ages 9-13, G-Rated, No Violence, NO Gore, NO SExuality
  • Up to 25 pages - no more
Deadline: June 1 2019 - no exceptions!
Email info@winneshiekplayers.org
Put "CT BOOK ADAPTATIONS in email subject line


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Urbanite Theatre Modern Works Festival 2019

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 28, 2019

Click here to submit your play.

Festival Performance Dates:
October 8-13, 2019
Sarasota, FL

Playwright Eligibility:
Seeking work from emerging and established female and female-identifying playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend the festival in Sarasota, FL, including rehearsals, to be considered for selection (October 5 - 13) Travel and housing is provided.

No Entry Fee

Festival Awards:
Winner $3,000 (1)
Finalist $500 (2)
Travel, housing and per diem provided for all three finalists.

Submission Rules and Requirements:
Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and look at our production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.  Urbanite Theatre will only consider submissions that meet the following criteria:

  • Submissions must be from female or female-identifying playwrights.
  • Playwrights must reside in the United States. 
  • Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. 
  • No musicals, translations, or adaptations.
  • Full-length plays only (at least 60 minutes)
  • Plays must require five performers or fewer.
  • Quality, female-identifying roles must be well-represented.
  • Plays must include a contact page and character breakdown.
  • One submission per playwright.

Any plays that do not follow these requirements will be dismissed.

Festival Rules and Guidelines:

  • Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival. 
  • Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on August 12, 2019. 
  • The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback.
  • ONLY finalist playwrights will be contacted. 
  • Plays that have been previously submitted to the Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again.
  • Each finalist will receive the following: a professional director and cast, a table read, 12 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of three public performances, and facilitated post-show talkbacks. 
  • Each finalist play will be assigned a play development mentor to work with before, and during the festival.
  • Finalist playwrights are required to participate, in person, at the festival, if selected. Travel will be provided ($600 transportation limit), and local housing within walking distance to the theatre will be provided. A car is not provided at this time.
  • Playwrights are required to participate in the rehearsal process and attend the readings and talkbacks for their play.  
  • Winner of festival will receive a $3,000 prize. 
  • The two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $500.
  • No other royalties or payments will be issued.
  • Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received.
  • Winner will be chosen by a group of panelists in conjunction with an audience vote and will be announced October 13, 2019. 

Click here to submit your play.

Lorraine Hansbury Theatre submission guidelines

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SCRIPT CRITERIA:
  • Please carefully follow these guidelines in preparing your script:
  • This competition is restricted to scripts written in the English language.
  • The script must address a social issue(s) in a comedic way and have a hopeful ending.
  • The script must have at least two African American women characters, one of whom is at least 40 years old.
  • The script must have at least one scene where two females have a conversation that is not focused on men.

SCRIPT SUBMISSION RULES:

Scripts must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in Yale Drama Series play format.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre will accept electronic submissions in PDF format ONLY.  By electronically submitting your script, you will receive confirmation of your submission.

The script must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, a list of acts and scenes and a 1-2 paragraph descriptive summary of the play that may be used in a program.

Before title page, provide a separate page with the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief 1-3 paragraph biography.

Email scripts to info@LHTSF.org.  In the Subject Line Add: Playwrights Competition Submission + TITLE OF SCRIPT.


QUESTIONS?  For more information, email info@LHTSF.org. 

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST

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VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is a short play festival that reimagines the possibilities for well-known, well-loved female-identifying characters to be in queer relationships, and for those relationships to be parodied positively and within the world of the original fandom.

Whether you're down with OTP (One True Pairing) or you have an entire fleet of 'ships, we invite you to create a Sapphic spoof of the characters' signature sizzle that celebrates and elevates the perfection of their connection.

Write the subtext you see and the maintext you want to see. Inspiration – and subtext – can be found anywhere and everywhere: from Anne of Green Gables to The Baby-sitters Club to A League of Their Own. It's particularly present on TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Call the Midwife, Designing Women, A Different World, Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Grace and Frankie, I Love Lucy, Laverne & Shirley, Living Single, Once Upon a Time, SVU, That's So Raven, Xena: Warrior Princess.

The possibilities are limitless, which is why submissions are open to romantic pairings of female-identifying characters in any fandom in any medium and in any genre. Whether your leading ladies come out of science fiction and fantasy, Disney or Shakespeare, classic literature (love Jo in Little Women?) or classic sitcoms (love Jo on The Facts of Life?), we request only that your writing be in 'ship shape and in playscript format, and that the material be kept PG. Onstage intimacy is acceptable (what's femslash without a first kiss?), but we want the show to be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

VIOLET SURPRISE: FEMSLASH FEST is curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, and will be presented in Chicago August 9-11, 2019.

Guidelines

Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by June 22.

Web site: https://www.otherworldtheatre.org/

Lotus Lee Children’s Play Initiative

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The Children’s Play Initiative aims to highlight new works that inspire and engage children audience. Previously, we have showcased numerous successful productions in the cultural exchange between China and the United States which stands as the basis for the Lotus Lee Foundation. Winning entries will display a distinct understanding of the unlimited possibilities of theatre through compelling and dynamic stories with intriguing plots, fascinating characters and an informed global perspective.

Submission Rules

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

This contest is restricted to only plays written in the English language.

Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations and adaptations are not accepted.

Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Only plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in professional play format.

The Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

The Lotus Lee Foundation reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and also reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no later than 11:59PM EST on June 1, 2019. You will receive a confirmation of your successful submission within two business days.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

We will only represent material for which we can be the exclusive licensing agent for the mainland China territory.

Timeline

Submission deadline: 11:59PM, June 1, 2019 EST.

Winner announcement: September 1, 2019

Prize

The winner will be offered a licensing contract for the submitted play to be translated and produced in mainland China.

SUBMISSION FORM ONLINE

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Village Playwrights Riot and Revolution

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Riot and Revolution, staged readings of short plays to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and celebrate Gay Pride on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.
Requirements:

  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) 
  • Plays must be about the Stonewall Rebellion, the Stonewall era (1960s) and/or the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion. 
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2019, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit:

  • Send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
  • Your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
  • Only put the name of your script on the subject line
  • For more information call 614-285-2515.

9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) submission guidelines

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9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to Submissions@9ttc.org. In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

Guidelines

9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.

We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.

We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:

• cover letter, including your contact information
• brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
• character descriptions
• 20 page dialogue sample
• brief production history of the work (if applicable)
• bio for yourself and any other collaborators
• if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks
To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions of new works for future projects

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If you are submitting to:

1- Our short play festival “This Round’s On Us” (about 10 minutes) *

2- The Political Play series (Full Length about 90 min) Note: Submissions do not have to be about Politics per se, but must be about topics that are socially and/or culturally significant.

3- The TV-style project (Episodic sitcom sample script- 20-30 pages) for **The New Situation Company. We are interested in writers residing in New York, as the team will be meeting frequently during script development. If you do not live in the New York area but would like us to consider your work, feel free to send in your sample script, as we would like to feature guest writers in the project as well.

This Round’s On Us: What's The Big Idea? Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (subject to change)
FATE Theme - July 8th, 2019
 *REALITY Theme - this is for the FEATURED = Wild Card
                                       

MYTH
What is myth?
What does it mean to you?
Do we need them?
Do they help or hurt?
Bounce off of this word.  Have fun.  Flights of fancy are strongly encouraged!  Don’t limit yourself:  looking at myths from different cultures is fine, but don’t feel that you have to write a play based on a specific.  Although you can if you really feel you want to.

FATE
Are we slaves to Fate?
Does it really exist?
What is it?
Can we change our Fate?
Is Fate more than something we created? How do we know? Are we meant to know?

Feature Play = Wild Card

REALITY
What is reality?
Yeah, we’re going there.
Does reality need Realism?
Is reality a place where artists shop for supplies or can reality itself be art?

To be considered This Round's On Us please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonsubmissions@gmail.com Please be specific as to which project you are submitting to. Write on the SUBJECT LINE For example: This Round’s On Us: Myth and your name.

NOTE: accepted plays are produced (including casting) by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.
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Deadlines for “Political Play Series”
To be considered please submit/email the following: A cover letter, brief synopsis, resume and full script to nylonLIT@gmail.com

Subject Line: Name of Play and Playwright.

We will contact you if your work matches what we’re looking for.
Thank you!

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company

Friday, May 17, 2019

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants 2019

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Ends on June 1, 2019  

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund was established in the summer of 2003 by a gift of $730,000 from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim in response to the dismayingly low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.


Since the Fund's inception in 2004, the Fund has given grants of $2,000–$10,000 to a total of 139 translations from over 35 languages, including Armenian, Basque, Estonian, Farsi, Finland-Swedish, Lithuanian and Mongolian, as well as French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. Among the 108 projects awarded grants in the Fund’s first 10 years of operation (2004–2013), 72 of those (roughly 67%) have thus far been published or are forthcoming from a publisher.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019.

Who is eligible:

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.

Works should be translations-in-progress, as the grant aims to provide support for completion.
There are no restrictions on the nationality or citizenship of the translator, but the works must be translated into English.

The Fund seeks to encourage translators to undertake projects they might not otherwise have had the means to attempt.

Anthologies with multiple translators, works of literary criticism, and scholarly or technical texts do not qualify.

As of 2008, translators who have previously been awarded grants by the Fund are ineligible to reapply for three years after the year in which they receive a grant.

Please note that projects that have been previously submitted and have not received a grant are unlikely to be reconsidered in a subsequent year.

Projects may have up to two translators.

Translators may only submit one project per year.

How to apply:
Please note that this year, hard copy versions are NOT required. The application process is entirely online.

Translators must complete the below applications form by midnight EST June 1, 2019. The below application will require the following materials:

1. The application form, with all items completed:

A one- to two-page, single-spaced statement outlining the work and describing its importance.
A biography and bibliography of the author, including information on translations of his or her work into other languages.
A CV of the translator, no longer than three pages.
If the book is not in the public domain and the project is not yet under contract, please include a photocopy of the copyright notice on the original (the copyright notice is a line including the character ©, a date, and the name of the copyright holder, which appears as part of the front matter in every book), and a letter from the copyright holder stating that English-language rights to the book are available. A letter or copy of an email from the copyright holder is sufficient.
If the translation is currently under contract with a publisher, please submit a copy of the contract.

 2. A 10–12-page, single-spaced sample of the translation.

3. The same passage in the original language (and, if the work has been previously translated, the same passage in the earlier version).

For more information, please contact awards[at]pen.org

Green Stories seeks stage plays on building a sustainable society

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This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production.

We are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.

Stage Play Guidelines

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Length: min 1 hour 15 minutes max 2 hours (typically 60-80 pages)

Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.

Staging of winning play: Live Your Values production company have said they will read all top-rated scripts with a view to putting on a production in 2020 with a community based theatre group.

Full Guidelines

Plays

  • The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  • Green Stories competitions aim to increase positive views of the future. All plays must contain ideas that solve the environmental, social or economic challenges our world faces today; or be in a world that has moved past environmental damage and extreme economic inequality.
  • Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of 70  – 120 minutes. (full length)
  • By entering the competition, the writer affirms that their entry is original, and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  • The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  • The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 200 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  • The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
  • Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer.


The closing date for all entries is 30th June 2019.

Judging/Prizes

  • Live Your Values Ltd will consider all scripts for production in a community theatre with volunteer performers.
  • If a winning script is produced by the Live Your Values Ltd, the prize money will replace royalties for a three-night run.
  • Judges will consider:
  • Entertainment – is the audience’s attention captured and held?
  • Characters – distinctive characters people can identify with, so they care what happens to them.
  • Message – a clear idea for the future that the audience is likely to understand.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Write Your Next First Draft this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're writing your first play or your hundredth, it's not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. This 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
June 16: Section B with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
June 19: Section C with Lisa Ramirez (Writer, To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre)
July 8: Section E with Nikkole Salter (Obie-winning Writer, In the Continuum at Primary Stages and international tour)

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play. 
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play. 
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.

In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class. 
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers. 
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

BoxFest Detroit 2019

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BoxFest Detroit is an annual theatre festival for female identifying directors!

We are looking for 5 – 55-minute submissions for our August 2019 festival. We will only accept three (3) submissions per playwright.

Please submit all plays by June 3rd. 

Submit plays to http://boxfestdetroit.com/playwrights/

Because all artists participate on a volunteer basis, we are unable (at this time) to compensate playwrights if their submission is chosen for the festival. If you have any questions or concerns please contact kelly@boxfestdetroit.com"

Native Voices at the Autry Call for Scripts 2019-2020

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*Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theater by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights.

SHORT PLAYS

Deadline: June 17, 2019

Short plays submitted by June 17, 2019 will be considered for Native Voices’ 9th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2019 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles. Read more about the theme for the Short Play Festival below.

BONES, BINGO & BLACKJACK!

The 9th Annual Short Play Festival

Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts. Indian gaming has served many roles and goes back to ancient times when the winning bet could be life or death. It’s brought both prosperity and problems to the REZ in modern times. What’s your story?

Short plays are fun.  Tell us the stories you like best.  Make the audience laugh or cry - but make them feel something! Many short plays go on to become full-length scripts.

Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: “What has gaming done for you lately?” Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic.

Some ideas to spark the imagination are:


  • Throwing bones - games of life and death
  • Bingo big and small
  • Casinos
  • Casinos and the Mob!
  • Per Cap
  • Wealth
  • Distribution of wealth!
  • Economic Development
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Promoting robust tribal governments
  • Tribes as the primary beneficiaries of gaming activities
  • Impact on local tribes
  • What happens at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions stays at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions!
  • National Indian Gaming Association

Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Selection Process: Short plays (15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by June 17th, 2019 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally-recognized theatre artists. The panel will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 10, 2019, as part of the Autry Museum of the American West’s American Indian Arts Marketplace.  A panel of judges will select the 2019 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize!

Plays must be submitted using our online submission form and in the correct format. Please see our “Checklist for All Submissions” below for further details.

Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows: PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

All submissions must conform to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Times or Courier font, all pages numbered).

Include a title page with full contact information (mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail address) and a draft or revision date.

Include a character breakdown at the beginning of your script.

Provide a biography of 75–100 words. Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_Doe, J.doc).

Provide a press-ready photo of at least 300dpi.  Please label attachment as follows: Photo_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: Photo_Doe, J.doc).

Provide development history for the play. Label attachment as follows: DevHistory_PlayTitle_Author’s Last Name, First Initial (Example: DevHistory_MyNewPlay_Doe, J.doc).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your submission materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

Please do not send treatments or outlines. Previously submitted plays should only be resubmitted if the play has undergone significant dramatic changes. Previously produced plays should be submitted under the 2020 General Submission for Production Consideration. Plays that are not selected are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.

Where to Send Submissions

We now only accept electronic submission (preferably PDF format).

To submit, fill out our online form and upload your materials here: Native Voices Script Submission Form

American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

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We will be accepting submissions for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2020 New Play Festival April 15 through June 15, 2019.

American Stage is committed to producing powerful and relevant professional live theatre. Our 21st Century Voices is an initiative dedicated to developing and presenting new works for the stage that speak to a contemporary audience in fresh and compelling ways. 21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage.

21st Century Voices: New Play Festival Submissions

This year we are seeking submissions of new plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us.

Play submissions should align with our 40-year history of productions that celebrate the most powerful stories of the moment, the most defining stories from our past and our mission to reinforce the power of live theatre with high-quality productions of compelling plays that excite and challenge a diverse audience.

Submission guidelines for the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices: 2019 New Play Festival are as follows:

  • Plays must be full-length in any genre: comedy, drama, musical, etc.
  • Translations, collections of one-acts, children’s plays, or any play that has received more than two full-scale, professional productions prior to submission are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had a full production in the state of Florida are not eligible.
  • In order to be eligible as a finalist for our 2020 New Play Festival – you must grant American Stage the right to produce the Florida premiere and one of the first three full productions worldwide if it is selected for production in our 2020-21 Season.
  • Plays that have had workshops or readings in the state of Florida or worldwide are still eligible.
  • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year.
  • Plays that have been submitted to 21st Century Voices in the past two years are not eligible.
  • Local, national, and international playwrights are encouraged to submit.

The Selection Process

American Stage’s competitive selection process consists of two rounds of selection. All 10-page play excerpts submitted during the first round are reviewed by a committee of theatre artists and arts advocates. Requests for full manuscripts will be submitted in August 2019. In the second round, selected playwrights are asked to provide a full manuscript of their play for consideration by the committee. Selections will be made by November 2019. Finally, American Stage invites four to five playwrights to have their work included in 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival in January 2020.
Playwrights invited to participate in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival will receive a $250 fee and will be provided a $250 travel stipend and accommodations during the festival.

How to Apply

Email your complete submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org between April 15 through June 15, 2019.

Important Submission Information: Full manuscripts and incomplete submission packages will not be considered.  We cannot accept submissions that do not fulfill the above requirements.

Step 1. Complete the online submission form to provide American Stage with information about the playwright and the play.

Step 2. Email your submission package to 21stCenturyVoices@americanstage.org. In order to be accepted, your submission package must be submitted as a single PDF file that meets the following requirements.

File name must be “Title of Play_Author Last Name”
The file must include:

  • Title of the play;
  • Character breakdown and description; please include total number of characters
  • Time and place of the play;
  • Synopsis of the play that helps to provide context for the 10 page sample (no longer than 1 page);
  • A concise paragraph (no longer than 1 page) describing the development history of the play you are submitting;
  • A statement describing how your play is a good fit for the 2020 American Stage 21st Century Voices’ focus on plays that promote the exploration of themes relevant to our world today, featuring characters who inspire us
  • A 10-page sample of the play.

Please only include the last name of the author in the submission. DO NOT include the full name of the author on any of the pages.

Please note: Agents submitting on behalf of a playwright may submit following these same instructions.

Some Recommendations

Make sure that your synopsis sets the reader up to understand what is going on in your sample. Remember that the reader only has this synopsis and the ten pages that you provide to get to know your work, and that is difficult to do if they are confused about the plot. Also, make sure you are submitting the best ten pages of your work! The sample does not need to be the first ten pages of the play; you should select whichever 10-page section you think presents the best argument for why we should want to read the whole thing.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Village Theatre accepting musicals

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Village Theatre accepts submissions from May 1 to August 1 each year— anyone can submit a libretto sample for consideration, provided they follow the guidelines listed below.

Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only.

Village Theatre is committed to inclusivity and encourages submissions with diverse stories, experiences, musical styles, forms, content, and points of view.

Your musical must fit these criteria:

MUSICALS ONLY - we do not accept non-musical plays, plays with music, or traditional operas;
We are seeking professional-level writers. Emerging, mid-career, and master writers are all encouraged to submit;
We do not accept children’s theatre or Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) shows;
While we only need a sample at this time, shows must have a full-length script available upon request (at least 80 minutes);
At least 3 demo recordings must be available - they do not need to be professional/studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody and accompaniment;
All content must either be wholly original, based on work in public domain, or authors must have underlying rights and/or permissions to use any pre-existing material. No exceptions;
Your musical is still in development - no shows can have been on Broadway or licensed by a major licensing house.
We only accept digital submissions. Hard copy submissions will be returned unopened.

LIBRETTO SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS
We ask that all open submissions submit a 15-20 page libretto sample. Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only. Please submit the 15-20 pages that will most make us want to read more. Your 15-20 page selection must be consecutive pages (ex: you may not submit pages 1-10 and 50-60) and two of your song demos must be contained within the sample pages you submit. Do not include a title page. If your script submission is longer than 20 pages total we will not review it.

SONG SELECTION INSTRUCTIONS
We ask for 3-5 songs. Please include all songs that are in your 15-20 page libretto sample. If you are able to include more songs beyond your libretto sample (without going over 5 songs) please choose the songs that most represent the show and your skill as a writer. ALL RECORDINGS MUST INCLUDE BOTH ACCOMPANIMENT AND VOCALS. NO INSTRUMENTALS ONLY. NO ACAPELLA ONLY. (Unless the show is intended to be performed acappella)

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North Park Playwright Festival 2019

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1.  Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people.  Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival.  We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival.  We don't have space for large casts.

2.  We request new work.   A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places.  Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3.  We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4.  Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival.  It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense.  The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5.  Most subject matter is OK.  We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6.  We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater.  Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director.  We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email.  Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive.  Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form.  There is no charge to enter.

7.  Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2019.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8.  Send only one script.  Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play).  We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

RELENTLESS AWARD

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The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
What we are looking for:
• Plays that are challenging.
• Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
• Plays that are not mainstream.
• Plays that exude passion.
• Plays that are relentlessly truthful.

The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first-time playwrights, playwrights of color, and playwrights of all gender identifications.
Prize:
• The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.
• The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.
• The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.
• The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.
• When the winning play is selected, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named. Here's a list of past Relentless Award winners, finalists, and semifinalists.

Deadlines:
2019 submissions open on May 1, 2019. The deadline is June 15, 2019. Please join our mailing list to receive updates once that information is live.

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
• Play must be unproduced.
• Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years.
• Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible.
• One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.
• The author must be at least 21 years old.

How to submit your play:
When submissions open, there will be link to Submittable.com at the bottom of this page that you can use to submit your play.

• NOTE: please DO NOT have your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for the judges.

• Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.

• You'll receive confirmation that your script has been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow up to two weeks to receive this confirmation.

For even more information:

DEATHSCRIBE: The International Festival of Horror Radio Plays

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Every year we seek 10-minute audio drama scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque. Writers may submit up to two audio drama scripts to Deathscribe in any given year. Five scripts will be selected from all submissions. These five pieces will be performed on stage in front of a live audience. The writer of the winning piece, chosen by a celebrity panel of judges, will receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as a $100 cash prize.

The submission window for Deathscribe 2019 is now open.

Scripts will be accepted through July 31st.

Guidelines:

PDF format is strongly preferred. If PDF is not possible, then only MS Word please.

All scripts must have a title page with all contact information, but NO identifying information should appear anywhere else in the document.

Scripts must be no more than TEN MINUTES in length, and should follow audio drama format. An example of proper audio drama format can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/bbcradioscene.pdf

The Deathscribe experience includes performing the pieces on stage with Foley artists and a band creating the sound effects and music live. Therefore, scripts must be ready to produce, including direction for sound and music cues. Sorry, but submissions cannot include usage of copyrighted music.

Writers may submit up to two (2) scripts for Deathscribe consideration in any year.

NO SCREENPLAYS. SCREENPLAYS WILL BE DISCARDED. WE KNOW THEM WHEN WE SEE THEM. (Nothing against screenplays. But this is a radio play festival.)


DO NOT submit full-length plays for consideration in Deathscribe. They will be discarded. If you wish to submit a full-length horror play to WildClaw, see our general submission guidelines.

Submissions accepted online.

THE 5TH ANNUAL PARAGON PLAY FESTIVAL

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PARAGON is a short-play festival dedicated to furthering Otherworld's mission of growing the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy Theatre through the discovery and promotion of new playwrights and works. This annual event began in 2014 and we have presented 40 new science fiction and fantasy plays over this one-weekend festival every year since. 2019 will mark year 5.

Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • Your play must be within the genres of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, or contain Sci-Fi or fantastical elements.
  • Your play should be between five and 60 minutes in length.
  • Your play should be submitted in a PDF format.
  • The play should unpublished, however we welcome submissions that have been featured in other festivals.
  • You will retain full rights to the play and the text will not be altered in any way without your explicit permission.
  • There is no submission fee. You are encouraged to submit multiple plays if you have them!
  • Due to the number of submissions, we will only be able to contact you if your play has been selected. Rejection letters will not be sent

Monday, May 13, 2019

Orange County Arts Council Ten-Minute Play Festival

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The Orange County Arts Council is proud to announce its third annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. Submissions are now open for anyone who would like to participate. The reading committee will select ten plays for a reading on August 1 & 2.

The deadline for submission is JUNE 1 2019 

Playwrights will be notified in early June.

The Ten-Minute Play has become a popular form of production.

A Ten-Minute Play is a play, not a scene or a skit. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle and end–just like any good one-act or full-length play. Reach beyond the surface and enriched text with subtext.

Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, characters should be clearly established and a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages.

The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertainment experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes–i.e., sympathetic characters with recognizable needs encompassed within a resolvable dramatic conflict.

Ten minutes means 7 or 8 pages, certainly no more than 9 or 10. Use standard play writing format, 12 pt Times New Roman font.

While not wanting to hamper anyone’s creativity, recognize that a Ten-Minute Play will undoubtedly be presented in an evening of Ten-Minute Plays. Therefore, overly elaborate settings, multiple characters, extravagant productions values, etc., could conceivably eliminate your play from consideration.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

* The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

* The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

* You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

* The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers.

* (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)

* The play must be unpublished and not been produced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

* The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes ONLY PLAYS SUBMITTED EXACTLY AS OUTLINED BELOW WILL BE ACCEPTED.

* Attach TWO PDF Files:

1. Attach one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:

* play title

* your name

* your mailing address

* your phone number

* your email address

2. Attach ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

3. Attach the files to this submission form

* Include your complete contact information

* Tell us where you heard about the event.

* Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example: - My Great Play-Blind.pdf - My Great Play.pdf

VERY IMPORTANT – submission rules MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.

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Little Wonder “Breaking Boundaries” Radio Play Competition 2019

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After last years competition resulted in more than 300 entries, over 70 pieces of individual feedback, and by the end of this year at least 9 published plays, we’re back. This year we will have two new competitions for original unpublished 1600-2000 word full cast audio dramas for up to 4 actors.

Competition Rules, Submission Guidelines and Dates

  1. The competition #BBLWRP2019 is organised by Little Wonder Radio Plays
  2. Entry is only open to writers who consider themselves writers of colour and/or writers with a disability.
  3. Entry is open to all writers of all nationalities or residencies, over the age of 16 (or whatever age is required to handle mature content in your home nation. #BBLWRP2019 is an adult competition, and our station contains adult content.)
  4. Submissions must be previously unpublished radio plays, in script form, in English, between 1600 and 2000 words. The word count does not include the cover page.  Make sure to include the script title on the first page.
  5. Entries must be uploaded in a *.DOC, *.DOCX or *.PDF Format via the entry form on the Little Wonder Website.
  6. Entries can be from individuals or groups of writers, but authors/groups may only enter one play.
  7. Entries must be received between From 0000 19th April – 11:59 PM 30th May European Central Time. Entries received outside this period will not be considered.
  8. Submissions should be between 1600-2000 words double-spaced in courier 12 point with page numbers at the bottom centre of each page.
  9. The cover page of your work should include the title, your name, and your contact details (address, phone and email).
  10. The first page of your work should include the title of your play, centered and underlined. No other page in the document should include your name.  Judges will read works ‘blind’ (ie. The cover page will be removed before they see the document)
  11. Below the script title should be a cast list, describing all characters in the play.
  12. Judging shall be done in two stages, with the top entries being formed into first a longlist and then a short list before final judging. In addition to the longlist by scoring criteria, a number of wild card entries may be selected to ensure representation of the diversity of material and writers submitted.
  13. Judging the longlist shall be done by current Little Wonder members and associates, and the shortlist by the Little Wonder writing team. The judging team will grade longlist according to originality, creativity and innovative use of the medium (that is, sound).  The shortlist will also take into account the writer’s ability to respond positively to feedback.
  14. Longlisted writers will receive short notes and feedback on their work, and the chance to revise and resubmit before the shortlist date.  Longlisted writers will be asked to respond to notes provided. Writers not responding to notes in a timely way may be disqualified.
  15. Shortlisted plays will be performed at a public reading in Paris
  16. Judging of the winner shall be done by Little Wonder Radio team, considering writers response to notes through long and short listing process, and the reaction and feedback in the public reading.
  17. The winner of #BBLWRP2019 competition will have their play recorded and published as a Full Cast Audio Drama within a year of the competition completion. Prior being confirmed as the winner shortlisted writers must agree not to record and publish their work through another medium within this period.
  18. Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy
  19. Entries must be an original piece of fiction and not an account of real events – either historical or current. However, stories can feature well known public figures from present day or from, take place in historical eras (e.g. the English Civil War) or use real-life experiences as a creative springboard as long as the story is FICTIONAL.
  20. The entrant warrants that they have not used material or depicted events that actually took place or used the personal details of any living persons in the story. As the stories will be published it is important that entrants do not include any personal details about themselves. The entrant must not include their name in the title or body of the story or on any page other than the cover page. Entries which do contain this information may be removed from the competition.
  21. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Little Wonder Radio Plays accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these Terms and Conditions and entrants agree to indemnify Little Wonder Radio Plays against any claim by any third party from any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  22. Little Wonder Radio plays are targeted at modern, discerning and adult Little Wonder Radio plays try to ensure as wide as possible writer discretion in content, subject, language and vernacular.   However little Wonder Radio plays reserve the right to disqualify any works which it considers defamatory, illegal in content or otherwise containing material making it unsuitable to broadcast.
  23. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to Little Wonder Radio Plays a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free license to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged. This license will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by little Wonder Productions, to fulfil the prizes and to complete the administration of this competition.
  24. The competition operates on a right of first refusal.  By submitting your play you are granting us the right to publish your play, under the conditions described herein.  This right persists until as long as your play is still in competition.  Should you make it to the Shortlist, we will contact you directly to discuss publication of your play.  The winner will be published by Little Wonder.  Please do not submit your plays elsewhere, as you will be in breach of this condition.
  25. By submitting a story the entrant agrees that the Little Wonder Radio Plays may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed above.
  26. Little Wonders Radio’s decision as to each stage of this competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  27. Little Wonder reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions, or to withhold a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.
  28. Little Wonder Radio plays reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  29. Little Wonder Radio plays, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries, agencies and/or any other organization associated with this competition cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Amphibian Stage Productions seeks submissions for 2020 season

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Ends on June 30, 2019  

We look forward to reading your script. Please include the following items:
1. Cover letter with playwright biography and production/development history, if applicable.
2. Proof of membership in the Dramatists Guild. (Only Dramatist Guild members are eligible to submit scripts to Amphibian Stage Productions.) 
Due to the high volume of submissions, we can only accept one submission per playwright per calendar year. 

We're looking for full-length plays that...
1.  require 1 to 6 actors
2. allow for diverse casting
3. reflect our mission (https://www.amphibianstage.com/about-us)
4. are imaginative and permit imaginative staging

(You have to create an account to submit)

North Park Playwright Festival 2019

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Our goal in building the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe was to provide a small theater to produce new, untested plays.  In support of this goal we have produced the North Park Playwright Festival each October.  The festival provides a platform for brand new, short (ten minute), plays written by playwrights from around the world.  Over the past twelve years more than 440 new plays have been produced.  We encourage new directors and actors to become involved in theater through the festival as well.  Through the North Park Playwright Festival over ninety playwrights, directors, and actors each year are able to showcase their talents.  We invite interested playwrights to submit work to the festival.  Please follow the guidelines below.

We are looking for:

1.  Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people.  Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival.  We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival.  We don't have space for large casts.

2.  We request new work. A play that has had workshops or one or two previous productions is OK, but we are not interested in work that has been produced in numerous other places.  Our goal in building the theater was to have a place to produce brand new work and let playwrights have a chance to see their work done for the first time.

3.  We seek complete plays rather than excerpts from a larger work.

4.  Work will be chosen by the directors we have in the festival.  It is not a "contest" and we are not really judging plays in the formal sense.  The directors choose the plays we will produce, within the production budget guidelines we give them.

5.  Most subject matter is OK.  We don't do nudity or off color humor.

6.  We ask that all submissions be sent to us via snail mail at the theater.  Address is: North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, 2031 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Attn Summer Golden, Artistic Director.  We have too much trouble with differing email, word processing, and computer platform issues to take them via email.  Additionally, our selection process requires the directors read the plays submitted and the cost of printing all the plays we receive each year is prohibitive.  Please insure submissions have a title page with complete contact information (including email), a character summary, and are in proper script form.  There is no charge to enter.

7.  Submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2019.  Please do not send plays by any method that requires a signature from us. We are not often at the theater when delivery occurs.  We will email notice of receipt to all playwrights submitting plays.

8.  Send only one script.  Multiple submissions do not increase chances of production.

General information:

We are trying to support new work and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels. We have had a wide variety of artists involved from very experienced to first time directors and actors, to an 8 year old playwright (very short, well received play).  We feel having a wide range of experience involved helps the new people learn from the more experienced.

We really appreciate your interest in our theater.

Jeff Bushnell and Summer Golden
North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
www.northparkvaudeville.com

International Human Rights Art Festival and Wild Project Theater seek short productions

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New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and Wild Project Theater issue a call for proposals for a short play festival (10-20 minutes) on Tuesday evening, December 10, as part of the third annual International Human Rights Art Festival, December 9-15 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern.  We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event  There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to humanrightsartfestival@gmail.com.

Deadline is June 1, 2019. 

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 80 events featuring more than 300 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY).  It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York Times, NBC, Fox5, AM-NY, Metro-NY, Huffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John Lewis, Kathleen Turner, Barbra Streisand and many more and WNYC is its media partner.  The Wild Project has been the starting point of plays that have gone on to Off-Broadway and Broadway productions; has had their productions reviewed numerous times in the New York Times and dozens of other outlets, and has offered a nurturing, beautiful theater which brings together local, downtown artists and national and international performers and events.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

8TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL

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Second weekend in October, 2019

The Warner International Playwrights Festival (Torrington CT) recognizes the work of emerging and established playwrights from across the country and around the globe.  The Festival gives playwrights a forum for production of their one-act plays that engage and entertain audiences through exploration of the human experience and the human spirit.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

Please read submission policy carefully:

  • We invite playwrights to submit plays via electronic script submissions, in standard Samuel French playwriting format - 12 point font, character name centered or 3.5 inches from left margin, 1” margin all around.  Plays should be emailed to:  warnersubmissions@gmail.com 
  • Submitted plays should be one-act plays of no less than 12 and no more than 30 pages long, not including your cover page.
  • Submissions will be limited to the first 150 scripts received.
  • Scripts will be accepted internationally but must be written in English. 
  • Previously produced scripts are accepted. 
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Please remove all playwright identification from the script including name, mailing address and telephone/e-mail.
  • In the body of the email include: 
  • Script Name
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Email
  • Playwright Telephone Number
  • Playwright postal mailing address. 
  • Please do not send a synopsis or playwright resume.
  • Only one submission per playwright will be accepted.   Scripts will not be returned.
  • If your play is selected, you will be notified, via email, of the readers’ selection on/about August 1.
  • Selected scripts will receive minimal-set (table, 4 chairs, 2 cubes), minimal-tech production (lights up, lights down, 2 sound cues) production.  Please be sure your play will adhere to these parameters for production.
  • Selected playwrights receive two free tickets to the festival.
  • Selected playwrights are invited to attend the festival by their own means.  Accommodation recommendations are available. 
  • To be considered for the Warner International Playwrights Festival scripts must be RECEIVED by 11:50pm Eastern Standard Time on June 1; late entries will not be read.
  • For additional information, contact warnersubmissions@gmail.com​

2019 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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2019 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting entries.

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates engaging storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script “family friendly” as determined by meeting the following conventions:
1) Avoid incorporating swearing, which for this context includes “damn,” “hell,” “God” etc. This will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context. 
2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not. 
3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven. Having something happen is far more engaging than having characters talk about it.
  • Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Entry deadline May 28th 2019.

Winners will be announced on June 21st 2019

Florida Theatrical Association announces the 2019 New Musical Discovery Series.

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Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals, including renowned directors, writers, producers and performers. The panel will select one work that will each receive a staged reading, and one final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

The deadline to submit musicals for consideration is 5/20/19 . 

Playwrights must be available September 13-20, 2019.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must include: A cover letter A history of the musical’s development A synopsis Full script A CD or flash drive with at least six songs from the production (can be a very basic recording) *Please note that materials will not be returned.

Electronic Submission can also be emailed to kennyhoward@floridatheatrical.org.

Mailing Address
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100 S. Eola Drive, Ste. 200
Orlando, FL 32801

The Center at Park West Performing Artist Residency 2019

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Applications for the Winter-Spring 2020 Season (January 6 - May 31) are now open and are due by Sunday, July 14 at 11:59 PM. 

Applicants will be notified by Friday, August 16.

Email questions to programs@centeratwestpark.org.

ETHICS & AESTHETICS

We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with under-served and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts. Resident Artists are encouraged to engage with these values during their residencies.

We are building a welcoming and inclusive community that spans diverse points of view; cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; national origins and immigration statuses; ages, abilities, orientations, and gender identities; and religious and spiritual affiliations (or none at all). We call the diverse members of our community into relationship through our shared commitment to creative and intellectual expression. People of color, LGBTQ people, and anyone who encounters barriers to their work because of their personal background or identity are especially encouraged to apply.

PERFORMANCE SPACE

Resident Artists will be provided with one to four weeks of performance space in the 60-seat Balcony Theater (available January through May) or the 200-seat Sanctuary Theater (available in May only). Resident Artists will perform at least three to five shows per residency week.

REHEARSAL SPACE

Resident Artists may book up to 40 hours of rehearsal space at the Center in advance of their residency at a subsidized rate of $10 per hour in the theaters (subject to limited availability) the Chapel.


ARTIST FEE

Resident Artists are paid an Artist Fee of 50% of box office revenue at the end of the residency. The artist fee is paid by check or direct deposit upon completion of load-out at the end of the residency.


TICKETS

Tickets for artist residency performances are usually set at $25 General Admission. Discounted and premium tickets may be sold by arrangement between the artist and the Center. All tickets are sold through the Center’s box office and all ticket revenues are collected by the Center.

Complimentary tickets are provided for press, industry professionals, and Center/production staff at the discretion of the Center. Comps are provided for members of Actors Equity as required under applicable Equity rules. Comps for friends and family are not allowed.

BOX OFFICE & HOUSE MANAGEMENT

Front of house duties are shared by the Center and Resident Artists. The Center is responsible for Box Office Management and Resident Artists are responsible for House Management within the theater. All advance tickets will be sold through the Center’s online box office, and the Center provides a box office manager for in-person cash and card sales at the door up to one hour before curtain.

Resident Artists are responsible for providing a House Manager to be stationed in the theater during performances and in the lobby during intermission and after each performance until all audience members have left. The Center can provide a House Manager for $20 per hour, deducted from the Artist Fee.

Resident Artists my sell pre-packaged food and non-alcoholic beverage concessions and are entitled to all the proceeds thereof. The sale of alcohol at the Center is prohibited. Resident Artists may provide beer and wine free of charge only and may accept donations. If a Resident Artist wishes to offer concessions or complimentary alcoholic beverages, they must provide a bartender for each performance.


MARKETING

Resident artists are responsible for marketing their shows. The Center provides some marketing support, including:

An event page and ticketing on our website

Space for two posters up to 18” wide x 24” tall in our exterior window boxes

Listing with image and blurb in our monthly email newsletter



RESIDENCY DATES & TIMES

Residencies are offered for one to four weeks, beginning and ending on Mondays at noon. Resident Artists are expected to present at least three performances during the first week and at least four performances each subsequent week. Evening performances start at 7:30 or 8:00 PM and must end by 10:30 PM, with audiences out by 11 PM. Weekend matinees are usually not available, but if they are, they start at 1:30 or 2:00 PM and must end by 4:30 PM, with audiences out by 5:00 PM. The theater will be open and available to Resident Artists on the following schedule:

Week 1:

Load-in starts at 10am on Monday

Monday-Wednesday: 10am to 11pm (load in, rehearsal, tech)

Thursday-Saturday: 6pm to 11pm (performances)

Sunday: usually 6pm to 11pm, occasionally 12pm to 11pm (performances)

Weeks 2-4:

Mondays: dark

Tuesdays-Saturdays: 6pm to 11pm (performances)

Sundays: usually 6pm to 11pm, occasionally 12pm to 11pm (performances)

End of Residency:

Load-out ends by 11pm on Sunday

BMI Theatre Workshop

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2019.
Librettists: June 1, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2019.

Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Auditions
Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.

Program upon Acceptance
The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

Schedule
The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Fees
There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

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